Medina – Harold "Tina" Brooks
A catchy medium up swinger that alternates minor and major tonalities, with a stop-time head. It's related to Tina's Minor Move, but with many differences. Second and third parts are available for the sextet arrangement.
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- Recording: Tina Brooks - Street Singer
- Recorded on: September 1, 1960
- Label: Blue Note (GXXF-3067 Japan)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Blue Mitchell
- Alto Sax - Jackie McLean
- Tenor Sax - Tina Brooks
- Piano - Kenny Drew
- Bass - Paul Chambers
- Drums - Art Taylor
About the arrangement: As shown on our lead sheets, which are also the first parts, the melody should be played an octave higher than Minor Move. The second and third parts in this three-horn arrangement hit with the rhythm section throughout the A and C sections; melody cues for the break measures are included in our second and third parts. These parts are harmonized mostly in thirds, with often a wider interval between the melody and the second part, such as the F♯ first-inversion triad over the Bmaj7 on the fifth measure. The descending countermelody of Minor Move is adapted in the second part to fit the stop-time hits; it starts from the major seventh in the first measure, but in the third it starts on B♮, the minor 7th of C♯. The second and third parts have a unison stepwise half-note countermelody on the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth measures of the bridge. The 13th through 15th measures of the bridge have open-position voicings where the third part crosses over the second part.
The session had three songs by Jackie McLean and three by Tina Brooks. Isle Of Java, a whole-tone workout coming soon to jazzleadsheets.com, was the only Brooks composition originally released on "Jackie's Bag," which also includes three songs from a January 1959 quintet session without Brooks. The lineup from the September 1, 1960, session reunited the following month, minus McLean, to record a Brooks-led session later released as "Back To The Tracks."
Harold "Tina" Brooks
June 7, 1932 – August 15, 1973
Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks and his twin brother Harry were born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, becoming the youngest of eight children. The family moved to NYC in 1944. By then, Harold was already being called Tina (pronounced Teena), a grade school nickname that came from his tiny or teensy size. Around this time, he started playing the C Melody saxophone, studying with his 10 year older brother David "Bubba" Brooks, Jr. Bubba had become an established R&B tenor saxophonist, and in late 1950, Tina subbed for Bubba for a few months in pianist Sonny Thompson's R&B band. Tina made his first recording with this band. Read more...